Stan Dubin, author of the book “When the Thrill is Gone: How to put the Life and Excitement Back into ANY Relationship,” has released a list of 10 proposed New Year’s resolutions on how couples can improve their marriages and handle marital problems.
- I resolve to improve the overall quality of my marriage in 2008 and spend enough time working on it to make that happen, knowing that a marriage will cease to exist if I don’t actively create.
- I resolve to remember special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries, and find ways to celebrate these. This doesn’t have to be expensive.
- I resolve to tell my spouse that I love them regularly, even though this may be difficult for guys to do.
- I resolve not to make my spouse wrong or needlessly make them feel badly on purpose.
- I resolve to go out on dates or recreational outings with my spouse (at least once or twice a month!), to help keep the interest and excitement in the relationship. Some of the time this needs to be without the kids.
- I resolve to keep agreements made with my spouse in 2008 and not break these, knowing that broken agreements are THE key reason that relationships fail.
- I resolve to keep the communication level high with my spouse, and to communicate about any problems that arise and not let them simmer, knowing this makes the problem worse.
- I resolve to spend holidays with the family, spouse and kids.
- I resolve to turn off the TV and spend time with the spouse and kids instead. I know that Americans spend an average of 4 hours a day watching TV (some more) and I resolve to spend more time improving my marriage and family relations.
- I resolve to do my job well as husband or wife, providing well for my family, caring for my spouse and the kids, and taking responsibility for the family’s future success and happiness.
Author Stan Dubin stated “The end of the year is a typical time for people to assess what has happened in the past year, and to make resolutions on how to improve their lives in the coming year. With the right tools, any marriage can be improved.”
Anyone wondering how to improve their marriage can do so by using Dubin’s book, "When the Thrill is Gone: How to put the Life and Excitement Back into ANY Relationship" available at www.HelpYourMarriage.com.
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